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Windows 7: Hide an Account on Welcome Screen

09 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Hide an Account on Welcome Screen

Ok after reading some of the posts and threads on other forums about losing access to your Administrators account I figured now would be a good time to setup a secondary FULL Administrators account. I have done that.

But what I'm looking to do is HIDE that secondary account from the welcome screen and if I need it hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to get to the old style log on screen and type in the secondary user name and password.

In XP it was easy to hide user accounts from showing on the Welcome screen with the Powertoys add on. I'm not finding it that easy in 7. In fact most of what I have read states that the only way to do this it to set the account as NOT ACTIVE. I don't want to do that. I want it active I just don't want to see it on the Welcome screen.

So does anyone know how to do this.


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10 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

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10 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
Thanks I will look at it but unless I disable the welcome screen and always hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to log on it really does no good.
Win 7 is a step backwards in how you can log on. Why has MS made these changes. Use to be all you had to do was hit that key combo twice and you got the old log on screen. Doesn't do that anymore and it use to be simple to hide accounts. I have many on my work PC for other users in the office and they are all hidden. They are there specifically so those other users can get to my PC. None of them have ever been logged on to locally.
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10 Apr 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Shootist,

You could also set it so you have to log on by typing both the user name and password. This way all accounts are in a sense hidden unless you know the user name and password of them.

Log On with User Name and Password

Hope this helps,
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